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Spring Valley City Council organizes for 2013

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Government

It was mostly routine business at the Spring Valley City Council meeting Monday night. There were the usual approval of new year items.

The city had recently asked for bids on materials to build a bridge for the trails over the creek by the ambulance building. The city asked for such things as 27 pieces of I Beam and several smaller pieces of I Beam. There was 1,860 feet of planking, foundation pipe, there was channel iron cross bracing in the quote as well. To put it all together so it performs in a safe manner it was to be assembled and put in place. The total cost of the project was to be $31,310. The person submitting the bill was Ron Merkel of Spring Valley. “We don’t have that much money in the trail budget,” said Deb Zimmer, City Administrator. There was an exchange of comments from the City Council members about the money, where they would get it and whose budget it would have to come out of.

Todd Jones; “This bridge would hold driving a Mack Truck over it.”

Mayor Struzyk to Zimmer; “How much money do we have in the trail budget?”

“About 25 thousand,” replied Zimmer.

“Where could we get the other six thousand dollars?” said the Mayor.

Zimmer. “We will find it somewhere. Take it out of somebody’s budget.”

A voice from the back of the room was Ron Merkel; “Would it get you closer to your budget if I dropped the price from $31,316 to $29,310 and then I can take it out of my budget?” Silence filled the room and then the Council accepted the bid. You could hear the reaction as thanks were extended to Ron Merkel for his act of citizenship took the limelight that night.

The City Council also passed a resolution naming the Spring Valley Tribune the official newspaper. The Official Depository was named. There is the Security State Bank, Home Federal Savings Bank, First State Bank and the First National Bank. All four banks in Spring Valley will be designated as the official depository of city funds for calendar year 2013 with Home Federal Savings Bank being designated as the depository of the city’s Primary Checking.

As part of the yearly housekeeping the Council approved coverage for injuries to elected and appointed officials. Resolutions were also passed establishing reimbursables for the City Personnel Policy. These are costs incurred by employees when they are attending meetings and doing official business.

City Emergency Management Director John Dols presented his annual report to the Council. He said that he and Assistant Director Mike Zimmer are getting supplies and materials ready for the upcoming spring storm season. Dols also gave an update on the narrow banding radio system. Along with that will be an upgrade for the sirens and relocating some of the sirens based on recent population changes.

A new squad care was purchased at the meeting. It was a 2013 Chevrolet Impala Police 4 door. The total cost awarded to Zeimetz motors was $22,000.

Committee assignments were made:

EDA: Dave Phillips, Kim Brown, Jeff Vehrenkamp and Jim Struzyk.

For the Library will be Karol Lyon and Bill Rowen.

Utilities: Bruce Hartert

Tourism: Todd Jones

Zoning Adjustment: Brian Danielson and Kevin Beck

Planning and Zoning: James Dessner and Brian Danielson

Emergency Management: John Dols, Director, Mike Zimmer, Assistant Director’s Jeff Kappers and Knud Jorgenson

Medical Director: Steve Harder

Fire Department: Chris Czapiewski, Chief and Assistant Chiefs Troy Lange and Jim McCabe.

On the Commission side, Public Safety goes to Todd Jones, Bill Bires on Park and Rec. Tony Archer Library, Jeff Vehrenkamp Administration and Jim Struzyk assigned to Streets and Utilities.

Vehrenkamp was also named as Mayor Pro Tem.

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